Another Decade, Another Failure: Netflix’s First Original Disney Movie Doesn’t Win Any Oscars

There was a time when Disney movies were all the rage — they helped kids learn how to read, problem solve and fight for their communities, and they gave older folks a terrific time at the movie theater. That was certainly true of Disney’s first movie on Netflix, “The Lion King.”

The 1996 film — which earned two Oscars, a Golden Globe and one Emmy award — was meant to be an allegory about the rise of mobocracy in Africa, where four key characters attempt to live peacefully under one king. But the success of this tale has definitely not changed since the day it debuted. “The Lion King” is currently available on Netflix and it will likely remain on the streaming service for years to come.

As we near the festive holiday season, the company’s first original film from a major studio — including an original feature length animated film, not based on a classic animated film or a TV series — is Netflix’s latest foray into original content. “Tiger King 2” — which debuted on Netflix last Friday and has yet to receive any Oscar nominations — is not the first original feature or show on Netflix to fail to make the Academy Award shortlist. “Rocketman,” the studio’s first original DreamWorks movie, was nominated for the documentary category.

And, while the DreamWorks film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Taron Egerton, “Tiger King 2” had to settle for a nomination for best music. But where “Tiger King 2” has a shot, “Rocketman” had none.

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